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Mediterranea: American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection
Through January 9, 2022

For American artists to be considered serious and cultured in the 19th and early 20th centuries, they not only needed to study in Europe, but travel widely there as well. This exhibition looks at how artists of that time captured the diversity and distinctiveness of certain places that make up the Mediterranean region, including Italy, Spain, the Middle East, and North Africa. Stylistically, artists expressed their interest in light and color with a loose and fresh brushwork, far from the European academic tradition of the time. This presentation includes paintings by George Peter Alexander Healy (1813-1894), William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), Frank Duveneck (1849-1919), and Theodore Robinson (1852-1896).

Organized by the Graham D. Williford Collection, Fairfield, TX

Mediterranea: American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection generously sponsored by The Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust.

Lalla Essaydi
Through January 9, 2022

Artist Lalla Essaydi combines Islamic calligraphy with representations of the female body in order to address the complexities of Arab female identity from the perspective of a Moroccan woman living in the West. She often returns to her Moroccan girlhood for inspiration, looking back on it as an adult woman caught somewhere between past and present. Her paintings appropriate Orientalist imagery from the Western painting tradition, thereby inviting viewers to reconsider the mythology that has grown out of it. Featured will be a number of photographs from Essaydi’s various series from the last 15 years.

Organized by the Hunter Museum of American Art

Promotion for Lalla Essaydi is supported by a grant from Chattanooga Tourism Company.

Ashley V. Blalock: Bridging the Hunter
Through July 11, 2022

San Diego-based artist Ashley V. Blalock is best known for her enormous crocheted red doilies. Her works fuse craft and fine art and are inspired by everyday artifacts from the domestic sphere. Responding to the Hunter Museum’s architecture and considering how people walk through the space, Blalock’s large-scale, site-specific, year-long installation will welcome museum visitors at the intersection of the East Wing and the Douglas Fir Gallery and lead them up the staircase to the Hunter Mansion.

Depicting the Invisible
Through December 6, 2021

Depicting the Invisible, the Hunter’s newest Collection Focus exhibition, presents the lasting impact of wartime trauma. The title of this exhibition is borrowed from artist Susan J. Barron’s series, Depicting the Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering from PTSD. Two of Barron’s large-scale, black-and-white mixed medium portraits anchor the gallery, alongside historic works from the Hunter’s collection by artists Leonard Baskin, Miriam Beerman, Leon Golub, and Jeffrey Wolin. Together, these works represent somber images that respond to the brutality of war and the spirit of human survival.

Baggs McKelvey: Indigo
Through February 28, 2021

Inspired by the Robert Rauschenberg painting Opal Reunion, one of the works in the Hunter’s permanent collection, Chattanooga artist Baggs McKelvey will create a site-specific, year-long installation constructed primarily of denim. Denim is iconic in the U.S., with connotations ranging from slavery in the production of cotton and indigo dyes, to Americana and the working class, and most recently to ecological concerns as clothing is quickly made and discarded. Through her installation in the Hunter’s East Wing Art Lounge, McKelvey will help guests explore various facets of the Rauschenberg painting as well as give them an opportunity to consider environmental issues as they view her work against the backdrop of the Tennessee River flowing below.

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